8 DLC never released outside of Japan
Video games have been receiving DLC since the first PC game add-ons could be downloaded from the Internet, and began to become more common in the era of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, when consoles were finally able to connect to Internet more efficiently, and a connection was highly recommended.
DLC can range from exclusive costumes and items to exclusive dungeons and boss battles, and sometimes even full expansions to the full game. While most games released internationally these days also have their DLC released internationally, there are a handful of games with DLC only available in Japan.
8 Blue Exorcist Costumes from Tales Of Zestiria
The Tales series often has collaborative outfits with other series, but these are not always available in international releases, mostly due to copyright issues. One of the most recent examples is Tales of Zestiria costumes based on characters from the Blue Exorcist manga and anime series.
Interestingly enough, the international version of Tales of Zestiria was still able to get costumes based on characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, Evangelion is owned by Studio Khara, while Blue Exorcist is owned by Shueisha, the parent company of Shonen Jump and related magazines, although it’s still unclear why the costumes haven’t been released since Shueisha seems to have a great relationship with Bandai Namco.
seven Fire Emblem Fates Festival of Bonds
The 2015 Nintendo 3DS title Fire Emblem Fates is known to have three separate releases similar to some games in the Pokemon series, and is the only game in the Fire Emblem series to do so. A lot of additional downloadable content was also released for the game, with most being available internationally.
However, two DLC chapters that remained exclusive to Japan were the Hoshidan Festival of Bonds and the Nohrian Festival of Bonds. In the Festival of Bonds DLC, main character Corrin and other characters go to a festival and protect it from being ruined by bandits.
6 Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Cities Exclusive Content
One particular game in the Harvest Moon series, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns, was released for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS a year apart in Japan, two months apart in North America, and at the same time in Europe.
In 2017, five years after the Japanese release of the Nintendo 3DS version of the game, an enhanced version called The Tale of Two Towns+ was released for Nintendo 3DS. This version was never released outside of Japan, and the enhancements and bonus content it included, including previous Japan-exclusive DLC, were never released for international versions of the original Nintendo 3DS game.
5 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Exclusive Events and Items
The 2013 Nintendo 3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf had several exclusive items only available in the Japanese version of the game. Some of these items are only available by participating in events exclusive to the Japanese version of the game, such as the Bean Throwing Festival and Starcrossed Day.
Starcrossed Day also happened to be the only way to get Bamboo Grass in New Leaf, a relatively easy item to get in all versions of the 2020 Nintendo Switch title Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Campus Item Series was also only available in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
4 Dragon Quest Of The Stars Godzilla Event
Dragon Quest of The Stars was a mobile game in the Dragon Quest series, and despite being released internationally, the Godzilla event that appeared in the game was only available in Japan. The event allows players to battle against Godzilla and other kaiju from the franchise and obtain outfits based on them.
There was also a Japan-exclusive Monster Hunter event where players could battle against select monsters from the series, in conjunction with the Japan-exclusive Monster Hunter Riders mobile game. Unfortunately, the game’s global servers were shut down on June 30, 2021, so international players will never experience these events.
3 Monster Hunter 4 Collaboration One Piece
One of the different aspects that the Monster Hunter series is known for is its collaborations. These collaborations are crossovers with different anime series, other video games, etc. While most of this content managed to get an international release, some did not. The most notable of these are the One Piece collaboration outfits and weapons that appeared in Monster Hunter 4.
This collab included a Tony Tony Chopper Palico outfit, Monkey D. Luffy’s straw hat and giant rubber fists as dual blades, Roronoa Zoro’s three swords as a longsword, Nami’s Sorcery Clima-Tact as a glaive of insect and Usopp’s Kuro Kabuto as a bow. .
2 Monster Hunter Story Updates
The Nintendo 3DS version of Monster Hunter Stories had two major updates only released in Japan. The first update, 1.2, added previously unobtainable monsters such as Teostra and Kushala Daora, all previously released DLC monsters, new character customization options and new story content, and was also packed with a physical re-release of the game.
The second update, 1.3, added even more monsters and new story content featuring a group of antagonists known as the Black Riders. Despite launching the mobile version of the game a year after the Nintendo 3DS’ North American release, these updates were still not included in the international version.
1 Content only available through 7-Eleven in Japan
One of the best-known convenience store chains, 7-Eleven, is also known for having exclusive content for various video games in Japan. Most of the time, this exclusive content isn’t 7-Eleven themed, like the Light Shield for the Nintendo 3DS version of Dragon Quest 7 or the White Regal Chocobo mount in Final Fantasy 14 that was released in Nintendo 3DS. other territories thereafter.
Some of this exclusive content is still themed after the store, such as the Seven Cat character and Don Chan’s outfit for Don and Katsu’s space-time adventure on Nintendo 3DS, known as Rhythmic Adventure 1 outside from Japan.
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